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SEC Adopts New Rule to Allow All Issuers to “Test-the-Waters”

SEC Adopts New Rule to Allow All Issuers to “Test-the-Waters”

In connection with its efforts to modernize the regulatory framework, the SEC announced a new rule that provides all issuers with the flexibility provided by the JOBS Act to use “test-the-waters” communications with institutional investors about potential IPOs and other registered offering to better gauge market interest.  Previously, test-the-waters communications were only available to emerging growth companies. Securities Act Rule 163B will permit any issuer...

Observations and Recommendations on the SEC’s Recent Process Changes for Excluding Shareholder Proposals

Observations and Recommendations on the SEC’s Recent Process Changes for Excluding Shareholder Proposals

Overview Earlier this month, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance announced that its staff may respond orally instead of in writing to some shareholder proposal no-action requests, beginning with the 2019-2020 proxy season.   Furthermore, the staff may now more frequently decline to state a view on the no-action request, whereas in the past, it had typically concurred or disagreed with a company’s asserted basis for...

SEC Charges TherapeuticsMD with Regulation FD Violations

SEC Charges TherapeuticsMD with Regulation FD Violations

Last week, the SEC issued a reminder that Regulation FD remains a vital element of the federal securities regulations. In the first enforcement action regarding Regulation FD since 2013, the SEC charged TherapeuticsMD Inc., a pharmaceutical company, with violations of Regulation FD based on its sharing of material, nonpublic information with sell-side research analysts without also disclosing the same information to the public. The SEC’s...

Impact of “Test-the-Waters” Reform Debated

Impact of “Test-the-Waters” Reform Debated

As we previously noted, in February, the SEC proposed expanding its “test-the-waters” accommodation from emerging growth companies (EGCs) only to all issuers via a new Rule 163B and related amendments. This accommodation would enable all issuers to engage in “test-the-waters” communications with certain institutional investors regarding a contemplated registered securities offering prior to, or following the filing of a registration statement related to such offering....

SEC Proposes to Revise the Accelerated and Large Accelerated Filer Definitions

SEC Proposes to Revise the Accelerated and Large Accelerated Filer Definitions

The SEC proposed amendments that would revise the definitions of “accelerated filer” and “large accelerated filer.” These proposed revisions follow amendments adopted by the SEC on June 28, 2018, that expanded the smaller reporting company (SRC) definition and so brought some issuers under both the definitions of an accelerated filer and an SRC. As a result of last year’s amendments, some SRCs must have an...

What the LIBOR Phase-out Means for Debt Capital Market Participants

What the LIBOR Phase-out Means for Debt Capital Market Participants

The London Interbank Overnight Rate (“LIBOR”) is an interest rate calculation that is used globally for purposes of debt capital market transactions including bond issuances, loans, and derivatives. In particular, LIBOR underpins many Floating Rate Notes (“FRNs”), which use the rate as a reference for purposes of calculating coupon. The intention is that LIBOR reflects the overall health of the financial system, which in turn...

Recent Dorsey eUpdate: New Streamlined Procedure for Extension of Confidential Treatment

Recent Dorsey eUpdate: New Streamlined Procedure for Extension of Confidential Treatment

Public companies that have previously obtained a confidential treatment order from the Staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission for a material contract filed as an exhibit under the periodic reporting requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 must continue to file extension applications if they want to protect the confidential information from public release pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act request after...

Recent Dorsey eUpdate: Summary of SEC’s FAST Act Amendments and Additional Guidance on Confidential Treatment Requests

Recent Dorsey eUpdate: Summary of SEC’s FAST Act Amendments and Additional Guidance on Confidential Treatment Requests

The SEC recently finalized amendments to its regulations to modernize and simplify disclosure requirements for public companies, investment advisors and investment companies, consistent with the Commission’s mandate under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The SEC subsequently released an additional announcement on the amendments to the confidential treatment request requirements. More information on the amendments relevant to public companies, including markups of the Form...

SEC Proposes to Expand “Test-the-Waters” Modernization Reform to All Issuers

SEC Proposes to Expand “Test-the-Waters” Modernization Reform to All Issuers

The SEC proposed a new rule and related amendments that would expand the “test-the-waters” accommodation—currently available to emerging growth companies—to all issuers, including investment company issuers. Proposed Securities Act Rule 163B, if adopted, would significantly enhance an issuer’s ability to cost-effectively assess the demand for and valuation of its securities, and also provide insights into the structural components for the offering that are important to investors....